The Witch in the Well : A Catherine Levendeur Mystery
Catherine LeVendeur is a unique spirit, a woman of twelfth-century France with a keen mind and curiosity that often puts her in peril and whose life reflects both the bonds placed upon a woman in her society and the ways in which a strong personality can triumph and succeed in spite of those strictures.When Catherine receives a message from her grandfather saying that she and her family must come to his castle in Blois, she is intrigued... and then mildly alarmed when she finds out that he has sent for all the extended family. Given the difficulty of travel, what could engender such a summons?It seems that the castle's well is going dry. Some of the family knows the story: They are descended from a poor but noble knight of Charlemagne and a fairy woman who was the guardian of the spring that feeds the well in the castle keep. The legend continues that as long as the spring flows, the castle will stand. The old man is wracked with fear, and to Catherine's observant eye, something else. Catherine is not inclined to believe in magical events and puts more faith (or distrust) in the human condition. As she settles in and reconnects with her family, she begins to see patterns that point to a very mortal bane and embarks on a search to uncover the secrets hidden in the castle. Her actions may imperil all she holds dear... but Catherine may have to risk everything to save them all.
- Hardback | 349 pages
- 137.2 x 213.4 x 30.5mm | 498.96g
- 01 Dec 2004
- United States